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BILLINGS COUNI~ PIONEER "Miss North Dakota Rodeo 1960" / i By Marion J. Piper @ i Ellen Trotter, Miss Rodeo North Dakota 1960, has lived all her glori- ous nineteen years on a cattle ranch, located on the Little Missouri River, 27 miles northwest of Grassy Butte. "These are treasured years," Ellen says in reflecting on how patient father Edgar was in teaching her how to ride as soon as she was able to walk, and recalling the encour- agement her mother Eleanor gave her. Ellen, with her four brothers and two sisters, has learned everything that goes along with the cattle business. She broke and trained horses at home and during spare time did this for the neighbors. This extra spending money came in handy and helped on school ex- penses. Her grandfather, Leighton Trotter, Started her out with cattle of her own when she was just a baby. Leighton and his wife Pearl came to the area in 1929, locating on the banks of the Little Missouri, 60 miles below Medora. "There is no better place to live than ours and it simply can't be beat for bringing up a family There is work for all the children, and they can have their cattle and horses with something to really work for, all this in addition to the pets and just everything that goes with life in the wide open spaces," this pop- ular grandmother said in com- menting on bringing up her, own children. All seven of them live on ranches, five nearby in western North Dakota. Ellen is one of their 27 grandchildren. Ellen went to grade school at Deer Draw school near their ranch. She graduated from DeMotes High School at Medora and took some Work at Dickinson State Teachers College. She always thought fall was the most exciting season of the year When she would get off for a couple of weeks to help round up the beef Ellen Trotter herd and drive the cattle to town at shipping time. That is changing though; the last two years the cattle have been trucked out. Three years ago Ellen had her first taste of rodeo participation. In the summer of 1958 she posted flags for Fettig Brothers of Killdeer, barrel raced and won the "Miss High School North Dakota" title at Beulah. That fall she entered the State Queen Contest at Minot and became "Miss North Dakota Prin- cess." Last summer the Fettig Brothers had her post flags at all their rodeos and she barrel raced in North and South Dakota, as well as Montana Food Retailers Publicize Rodeo Pictured from left to right are Walt Neuens, Mandan, president of the N. D. Rodeo Assn.; Dale Flaig, member of the Bismarck Retail Grocers Assn; A. L. Sundahl, Bis- rnarck, chairman of the rodeo pub- licity committee for the N. D. Assn. of Food Retailers; Mrs. Pearl Cullen }lensler, secretary, N. D. Ro~eo Assn. and Ellen Trotter, Grassy Butte, "Miss Rodeo North Dakota." l~ersons living in the Bismarck- Mandan area are invited to make advance bus reservations on a bus chartered by the Bismarck Retail Grocers Assn. to the rodeo at Sen- tinel Butte with Sundahl, Mrs. Mar- ion j. Piper, Bismarck, secretary of the N. D. Assn. of Food Retailers. or the Neuens Western Shop in 1Handan. The chartered bus will leave early in the morning, May 30th, take the passengers directly to the rodeo grounds, ana return to l~ismarck and Mantlan that night. l~otmd trip tickets are $6.00. More U~an 25,000 persons can ,be aCCommodated at the natural amp- hitheatre where the rodeo is held. Visitors bring blankets and sit on the ground. The XGI DTill Team from Beach is handling parking. The American Legion will run the COncession stand. 10,000 saw the rodeo last year. This first large rodeo event of the season will feature the top riders in the nation, as well as the top bucking horses. Two events featuring the six top cowboys from Home on the Range wiR be riding yearling steers and wild cow milking. There will also be matched calf roping from Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, girts barrel racing and the final cow cutting which will be carried over frcm the mmZning elimination. Families are invited to come eany in the mormng to watch special events and have their picnic din- ners before the rodeo starts at 2:00 p.m according to Father Win. J. Fahnlander, superintendent. kn invitation is also extended for foiks to visit the new "Eagles Hall" which has recently been completed. Built of Hebron brick, native stone and roofed with scoria it contains 17.000 square feet and will house the gymnasium, library, recreation room, chapel and dormitory. Sundahl says that all stores in North Dakota are urged to help publicize this benefit rodeo at the Home on the Range for Boys at Sentinel Butte which is operated for, boys of all creeds. Tickets are $2.d0 for adults and $1.00 for child- ren 12 years and under. t rodeos. She was chosen Queen at the Killdeer Rodeo and won her present title last /all at the Minor Indoor Rodeo which features the finals in the Miss Rodeo North Dakota Contest each year. Mrs. Jim Tyler of Bismarck is chairman of this event. "I can never thank those who helped me achieve this title enough --mostly my parents, they've back- ed me all the way and have given me so much encouragement that has benefitted me in every way," Ellen declares. She has been contributing hand- somely to the beef cattle industry and beef promotion in and out of North Dakota since winning this honor. Ellen Is a member of the North Dakota Junior Stockmen which is affiliated with the North Dakota Stockmen's Asso- ciation. Her great grandfather, John Leakey, early western ,rancher, served as its first presi- dent from 1929-1939. And Ellen will be participating in the an- nual convention at Dickinson on June 13-14-15. First official duty for Ellen dur- ing her year-long reign as first lady of rodeo in North Dakota was her appearance at the opening of the National Western Livestock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado ear!y thi~ year. In March she help- ed at the North Dakota Beef Coun- cil's promotion booth at the Win- ter Show in Valley City. Ellen has a big season ahead of her. She recently completed a secretarial course at the National School of Business in Rapid City, S. D. Right now she is home help- ing with ranch work. But she will be at most of the rodeos in North Dakota this summer and fall, which starts out big with the benefit rodeo to be h~ld at "Father Cassedy's Home on the Range For Boys" at Sentinel Butte on Monday, Memorial Day, May 30th. North Dakota has a mighty fine chance of winning top honors this year when Ellen Trotter, beautiful ranch-raised cowgirl, competes for the "Miss Rodeo of America" title in November at Las Vegas, Nevada. Rodeo Events May State Line RCA Ro~eo west of Williston, May 22; Jamestown-- James Valley Quarter Hor.~e Assn. Assn. Horse Show. M~y 21-22: Bad- lands Saddle Club I~DRA Rodeo 17 miles south of Watford City, May 29: State All Palomino Horse Show at Harvey. May 28-29; Champ- ions Ride at Father Cassedy's Home on Range for Boys at Sentinel Butte, May 30. .~un Intercollegiate Rodeo at Dickin- son, June 4-5; Range Riders NDRA Rodeo at Almont, June 5; NDRA Rodeo at New Salem, June 11-12; NDRA Rodeo at Medora, June 12; NDRA Rodeo at Blaisdell, June 19; VFW High School Rodeo at Beulah, ] June 19; Steele ND,RA Rodeo at the Mandan Rodeo Grounds, June 26. July NDRA Rodeo at White Earth, July 3-4; Saddle Club NDRA Rodeo at Richardton, July 3-4; Sheyenne Val- ley Riders NDRA Rodeo at New Rockford, July 3-4; Rock 'n Ride 6th Annual Cowboy Frolic at Hurds- field, July 4; Saddle Club NDHA Rodeo at Raleigh, July 4; Williston M-T Saddle Club NDRA Rodeo, July 9-10; Maud Evans Arena NDRA Rodeo at Forbes, July 10; New Town RCA Rodeo ,July 9-10; Wing Rodeo, July 17; Hazelton ND- RA Rodeo, July 24; Grant County Fair Assn. & NDRA Rodeo at Car- son, July 29-30-31. August Minot Trail Riders Show, August 6-~/; Garrison NDRA Rodeo, Aug. 20-21(evening performance on the 20th); Slope County Fair Assn. - NDRA Rodeo at Amidon, Aug. 27; Badlands Saddle Club NDRA Rodeo 17 miles south of Watford City, Aug. 28. September State Line RCA Rodeo west oI Williston, Sept. 4; Medora NDRA Rodeo, Sept. 3-4; Cowboys Reunion Rodeo at Beulah, Sept. 4-5; Sheyen- ne Valley Riders Horse Show at Sheyenne, Sept. 5; Maud Evans Arena Horse Show at Forbes, Sept. 18; Bismarck Horse Club Show and Quarter Horse Sale at Bismarcl~, Sept. 17-18. Burdick Visits Oldest Teacher Congressman Quentin Burdick is pictured above visiting with one of North Dakota's first school teach- ors--Mrs. Carey Turner Jonson, formerly from Fort Y~tes. The 99- year-old woman is now at the Bap- tist Home for the Aged in Bismarck. Burdick is running for the U. S. Senate Seat vacated through the death of William Langer. He is opposed by Gov. John E. Davis for the position. Mrs. Jonson who can recall early Institute Invites Alcohol Studies Interested citizens and profe~ atonal workers in a three-state area and two provinces of Canada are invited to enroll in the second an- nual "Summer School of Alcohol Studies to be held at the Univer- sity of North Dakota the week of June 5-i0. Bernard Larsen of Bismarck, di- rector of the North Dakota Com- mission on Alcoholism and co-di- rector of the special summer school, The home place is a favorite' Her husband Leighton is shown lgar, {Ellen's father). gathering spot for relatives and[ in this picture with four of their Pearl is proud that their good friends. The first week in August sons. From left to right, Jim, Leigh- friend, the Rev. F. G. Sherrlll of the folks for miles around bring their ton {Grandpa to Ellen--this year's Episcopalian Church in Dickinson, picnic lunches and help celebrate Rodeo Queen), Lee Imore commonly baptized these boys at their ranch Pearl Trotter's birthday, known as Dube), Johnny and Ed-'home on May 10. 1958. "Cows Come First" at Trotter Ranches is on his own. "Cows come first" here as everywhere in cattle coun- try. Ellen Trotter, Miss Rodeo North Dakota 1960, feels fortunate that she had the opportunity to grow up on a ranch in western North Dakota. The homes of Leighton Trotter's boys sourround this meadow along the Little Missouri River in the Badlands of McKenzle County. To the left, the home of Edgax, down around the center hills live Lee and Leighton and across the river is Johnny's home. They run their cattle together on the range in summer, but in winter they are kept for feeding in their home pasturee The cattle business has been good to the Trotter families but they have worked hard to maintain their herds through the drouth years. There is no letting up when a man territorial days without much trou- ble, told Congressman Burdick that she came to Dakota Territory with her family while still a child, hav- ing been born Nov. 25, 1860 in Madison, Wis. She was the first teacher in the territory, taking charge of a school in what was then Turner County and what has since become part of South Dakota. The county was nam- ed for her father, who was an at torney. ruled that the office of county Justice shall ,be created, under the law, in JulT of 1961. Until that time. the justice of the peace shall con. tinge. The 1959 legislature abolished the Justice of the peace office effect- tire July 1, 1961. In the meantime, Burgum said, qualified candidates may file for the Justice of the Peace office and have his name placed on the ballot, The elected Justice shall serve until the office is abolished in 1961. Burgum noted, however, that the 1961 legislature may change the bill passed in 19~, or conceivably, even repeal it. Wahpeton; Richard Lanz, Valley City; Morris Allhouse, Warlord City, and James Hoop, Hettinger. Floyd Hanson, Wahpeton, was dedeclared the winner of the "speak- up Jayeees" contest. Over 300 persons attended the two-day convention which closed with a noon banquet Sunday. Al- bert Hartle, executive vice presi- dent of Ottertail Power Co spoke on the topic, "Barriers and break- throughs for young men." COUNTY JUSTICE OFFICE OFFI~'~L IN 1961 Atty Gem Leslie R. Burgum has WillisIon Man Heads Jaycees Wilbur Johnson of Williston was elected state president of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce Sunday at the group's annual con- vention in Williston. Elected national directors of the Jaycees are Selmer Martenson, Devils Lake, and Theodore Trich- ler, Jamestown. Four men were elected vice presi- tents. They are: James Bokinskie, reported applications for enrollment in the school have not been filed at as rapid a rate as anticipated by the sponsors. Lrasen urged all interested citizens to enroll at the earliest possible date. The school should be of special interest to administrators, clergy- men, community leaders, educators, employers, law-inforcement person- nel, military personnel, nurses, physicians and social workers. One hour of undergraduate or graduate credit is offered if desired. the director said. A limited number of scholarships in the amount of $20 will be available and civic and fraternal organizations are urged to make the school possible by ap- plying for such scholarships or by sending representatives of their or- ganizations to the summer school. Coming into North Dakota for the school are Carl Anderson, consult- ant in clinical psychology, national institute of mental health; Dan Anderson, clinical psychologist, Wil- lmar State Hospital, Wilimar, Minn.; Howard Clinebell, associate professor of nastoral counseling, South California School of Thero- lgov, Claremont; Ruth Fox psycho- analyst, president of New York State Association of Committees on Alcoholism; Peaymond McCartl%T, associate professor of health ed- ucation and associate director o the Yale University Summer School of Alcohol Studies: Lucy OZarin, consultant in psychiatry, national institute of mental health. A number of outstanding author- ities in the field of mental health and alcoholism will join these spe- cial lecturers during the five-day school at UND. Co-director of the school is Robert Rosenthal of the University of North Dakota. Application for admission to the school and further information may .be obtained by writing Bernard Larsen, director, N. D. Commission on Alcoholism, Capitol Building, Bismarck. Refinery, Union Agree on Ageni Officials of the Standard Oil Co. refinery at Mandan and the Inde- pendent Oil Workers Union Local No. 10 have agreed that the union will continue to be the bargaining agent for refinery workers, de- spite the recent refusal of the Na- tional Labor Relations board to amend its original certification of a bargaining agent. A question arose when a majority of workers voted to disaffiliate from the international union operating Engineers Local 725 and formed Lo- cal I0. Former officers of Local 725 are now officers of Local 10, and a ma- jority of workers have applied for membership in Local 10. A joint statement issued by R. N. Giles, Mandan Standard Oil Co. 10, said NLRB certification of Local official, and Ted E. Kayes of Local 10 is not necessary. Beulah to Host h School Rodeo June 19 The 10th annual North Dakota High School Championship Rodeo will be held Sunday, June 19, at Beulah. The rodeo is sponsored by the Beulah Veterans of Foreign Wars post and is affiliated with the Na- tional High School Rodeo Assn sponsors of the National High School Rodeo. The national contest will be at Hot Springs, S. D on Aug. 17-21. The top three winners in each event at Beulah will be eligible for na- tional competition. Contestants must be in their teens. To be eligible for national com- petition, entries must have been enrolled in higl~ school during the 1959-60 school year.